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ONE of the Internet cafes that sold fraudulent documents to a Sowetan reporter last week got a nasty surprise yesterday when the police raided it just an hour after it opened for business.
The police, led by Inspector Carl Lee, swooped on High Speed Internet Solutions on Rockey Street in Yeovile, Johannesburg, at 10am.
Though Sowetan published the exposé on Friday about how two cafes were doing a brisk business producing fraudulent payslips and bank statements that people used to open credit accounts, the police took their time raiding the cafe.
Over three days, last week, a Sowetan team bought forged payslips and financial bank statements for just R450. A reference letter cost us R200.
Our story showed just how easy it was to obtain these fake documents, use them to open a credit account at a furniture shop and buy goods worth more than R23000.
The fakes were so close to the original documents that the store manager, whom we let in on what we were trying to prove, said the goods would have been delivered to the address provided because everything checked out.
The sales consultants noticed nothing wrong during the processing of the application.
Yesterday three unmarked police cars arrived just before 10am and parked outside the shop. There were no customers because the area was experiencing a temporary power failure.
The police confronted a 28-year-old employee and asked him to take them to his office. They told him what their business was and he cooperated.
They removed 12 computer hard drives, a fax machine and a four-in-one machine that copies, scans, prints and faxes documents.
They also collected blank learner's and driver's licence documents, payslips, South African and Zimbabwean driver's licence copies, Zimbabwean passport copies, bank deposit slips that are only issued behind the counter and filled-in bank deposit slips.
The man was arrested.
The suspect, who will be charged for dealing in fraudulent documents, will appear in court soon.